George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Hamilton, 23 November 1793

From Alexander Hamilton

November 23d 1793.

The Secretary of the Treasury presents his respects to the President. He regrets extremely that the state of his health does not permit him to attend the President today. He has the honor to enclose a report on two of the letters to Mr Genet, & would have embraced the third respecting the protested bills, if it had been in his power.1 But no inconvenience can in this case ensue, as the supposed mistake with regard to the funds already promised has been adjusted, and the enclosed report embraces and answers the question of advance upon a future fund. The report would have been more full & precise, if my situation had permitted, but my frame is so disordered as almost to unfit me for business.


1The third letter from, not to, French minister Genet was probably Genet’s second letter to Thomas Jefferson of 15 Nov., which complained that some of the drafts given to suppliers were refused by the Treasury on the grounds that the funds put at his disposal in the month of November were exhausted and the budget for 1794 had not been completed (Jefferson Papers description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 41 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950–. description ends , 27:382). For Hamilton’s explanation of the Treasury’s action, see his letter to GW of 2 December.

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